In 1987 the Rotary Club of Coalfields launched the first relay event against a steam train along the private Amcoal railway line between Wolvekrans and Witbank (eMalahleni). This event took place annually for the next 5 years. In 1992 the race route was relocated to run along the railway line and road between Middelburg and Witbank incorporating two of Mpumalanga's larger cities in the event. This led to the involvement of the four local Rotary Clubs and subsequently the Rotary Greatest Train Race was born.
The Rotary Greatest Train Race has since grown into one of South Africa’s largest community investment projects. The race comprises a relay and individual race along the route between eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middelburg. Individuals and relay teams consisting of employees of corporations, private companies, government departments, scholars, technikons or universities students, members’ of sports clubs, social clubs and private individuals annually participate in this community driven charity event. The race is open to all members of the public interested in contributing to the wellbeing of their community and who are fit for the challenge. The event, which is renowned for its festive atmosphere and camaraderie, is popular with individual runners, teams and walkers. Walking and running teams consist of 5 runners per team.
In addition, disadvantaged/disabled individuals from the community are entertained and spoiled at the finish venue.
The purpose of the event is first and foremost a nation building exercise in which all members of the community are able to participate in raising funds that can be reinvested into local community projects. These projects are annually identified and closely monitored and managed by the Rotary Clubs of Middelburg Cycad, Middelburg and Witbank. The 2054 event attracted close to 15 000 runners and walkers, with a total of more than 30 000 people joining hands and opening their hearts on race day for the less fortunate in their communities. R1 million was generated for local community based beneficiaries.
Entries are open 1 May 2016 - 1 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016
R400 per team (5 x adults) – Runners and Walkers
R200.00 per team (5 x scholars) – Runners and Walkers
15km: R85.00 pp
32km: R130 pp
4.9km: R40.00 pp (children u/12), R80 pp (Adults)
R50.00 (return trip to eMalahleni incl. if required)
( All participants entering the 32km event will receive timing chips in their registration packs which should be worn on your shoes. Please return your chip at the finish on race day.)
Race capped at:
Closing date for entries:
R25.00 per licence (unlicensed individual entrants only)
20 000 participants
1 August 2016 or until the race cap has been reached (whichever comes first)
Hand deliver to:
• Middelburg Information Centre, Walter Sisulu Str, Middelburg
• Info Kiosk, Highveld Mall, Mandela Drive, eMalahleni
Long distance Individuals
Long Distance Individuals
Relay teams and Fun Run
No Baton = No Medals
Prize giving will take place at the Kees Taljaard Stadium between 10:30 and 11:30 on race day.
Bus transport will be available at R50 per ticket to all participants requiring transport to 15 km and 32 km start points.
Busses will depart to 15 km and 32 km start points and are available from 4:00 am - 5:15 am ONLY.
The last bus will depart at 5:15 am from Kees Taljaard Stadium (Lilian Ngoyi Str)
Bus transport also available from Witbank Station to 15 km start point.
DO NOT BE LATE!!!
No bus transport will be provided to relay participants. Please make your way to Kees Taljaard Stadium in Lilian Ngoyi Street, Middelburg.
Secure (paid) parking at Steelcrest High for all participants.
Busses will return the athletes to eMalahleni from 12:30 - keep your ticket!!!
The R555 (old road) from Witbank to Middelburg will be closed to traffic from 05:00 – 13:00 on the morning of Saturday 20 August 2016.
NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE RACE ROUTE WITHOUT A PERMIT.
Closing date for all entries 1 August 2016 or when the 20 000 cut-off is reached (which ever comes first)
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 15km – no under 15’s, 32km – no under 19’s, Fun Run (4.9km) – all ages
AGE: Minimun 10 years.
ROTARY GREATEST TRAIN RACE DISCLAIMER:
Participation in the Rotary Greatest Train Race is done voluntarily and entirely at the risk of each and every participant. The Rotary Greatest Train Race, the Rotary Clubs of Middelburg, Middelburg Cycad and Witbank, the Middelburg Marathon Club, the Organisers of the event, the Sponsors, Volunteer Groups/Individuals, medical and/or emergency personnel will not be responsible and/or liable for any loss or damage, however caused from participation in the Rotary Greatest Train Race, including pre-race and post race activities.
A vast number of community projects have benefited from the race during the past 28 years.
The Rotary Greatest Train Race remains a community investment project driven by the community for the community.
Don't miss out on the 'GREATEST' social and corporate hospitality event of 2015.
Notably one of the largest charity events of its kind in the country, the Rotary Greatest Train Race annually sets the stage for unlimited sponsorship opportunities and community investment. There are number of varied sponsorship opportunities still available for small to large businesses as well as private individuals and organisations.
The Race Committee would like to appeal to companies in the surrounding communities to seriously consider becoming partners in this worthwhile community venture.
For sponsorship information or general enquiries contact 086 11 TRAIN (87246) [OPTION 1] or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.